I just bloged about this last night. My oldest is 11 and I let her start shaving, like last night was her first time. She cut herself in two places and was really upset. Before I let her she asked me like every day and I explained to her that this is something she just can't stop or she will have really hairy legs. I was really worried about her being to young, but as my dear husband said "this is our child if we think it's ok, then it's ok", I love him. I gave her the razor and shaving cream and I sat with her for a while until she was comfortable and then left. I think I was more nervous than her, this is just more proof that she is not a baby anymore and that makes me sad.
My 11 year old (5th grader) also has been asking to shave her legs. She has dark hair and , while I don't think it's that noticeable, I can certainly empathize and remember how cruel girls can be in the middle school years. I wasn't allowed to shave until I was thirteen. The rule my mother established was that you couldn't shave your legs until you grew hair in your arm pits *shrug*. I really hated just waiting for that, ended up hating PE even more because of it, and I know that this issue needs to be contended with for my own daughter.
I like the electric shaver solution. My kiddo is a bit clumsy so it seems like there's less potential for injury or error than with razors or depillatory creams :)
I talked my daughter into using creams to take hair off. She started when she was 12. It was also because of PE in middle school. They have to wear shorts and t-shirts in PE. She is using creams once a week. If she started shaving, she would probably have to shave every day now and she really doesn't have the time. She already take unbelievably long showers.
I think I was 16 when I started shaving. But, I was not pressured to wear shorts in school, though. I think we didn't have to wear PE uniform until high school.
My co-worker gave her 5th grader electric shaver to use to avoid any mishaps.
Edited by: OLGAINTX at: 4/24/2013 (17:27)
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i do not remember how old i was when i started shaving my legs it was not something me and my mom did not discussed i just started doing it. and after practice i got good at it but i had my fair share of nicks. my 11 year old has asked a few times how old she has to be to shave. I just put it off and tell her she dosent have hair to shave .( in reality she does) she does have dark hair but it is not thick. she is in the 5th grade. I have decided to show her how sometimes in may. and then give her the option of shaving or not . i do not shave that much b/c my hair is thin and light i have went months without shaving but I know how pressure at school can be and with her going into middle school i also know that means changing out for PE. Since i was never told how to do it does anyone have any good suggestions on how to not make this uncomfortable for her . I thought about having a girl day and we could also soak our feet and paint our toenails. so it was like a spa day and not all about shaving
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